2021 Prep information Evening
Dear Prep 2021 Families,
We will be holding our Prep 2021 Information Night on Thursday 26th November from 7pm until 8pm. As we cannot be onsite this year we will be using Webex for the meeting. Please find the meeting link below. The link should take you straight into the meeting but the meeting number and password are also provided in case you are asked for these. Please join us to find out more about what to expect as your child begins Prep next year.
Webex meeting link: https://eduvic.webex.com/eduvic/j.php?MTID=mb64fed9e67f1344abc717ac2f84f117b
Meeting number: 165 959 3078
We look forward to seeing you there.
Enrolment for Prep 2021 is now open.
Prep 2021 – ENROLMENT Process
Your Prep child for 2020 needs to turn 5 years old by the 30th April 2021 to be eligible for enrolment.
As we are unable to hold school tours right now, we have put together a ‘virtual tour’ of Chandler Park Primary School. Please watch to find out more about our amazing school. You can find the link on the main page of this website.
Our School Zone
School zone info can be found below.
- Read the Information about the Enrolment document before you complete the enrolment form.
- Download the 2020 enrolment form and fill it out.
- Please bring all required documentation as listed on the information page.
Please call 03 97898 2228
For international callers please dial: 613 9798 2228
It’s Story Time
Welcome to Story Time at Chandler Park Primary! Here are 2 stories for you to listen to this week. We hope that you enjoy listening to some wonderful stories and getting to meet some of our staff here at Chandler Park Primary School. Keep popping back to check for more stories as we will be adding to the list each week!
This week we have the lovey Miss Lawson again, this time reading “I’m Australian Too” by Mem Fox. The book explores many countries, both near and far, from which so many have come from, making Australia home. Follow the link to listen to the story:
We also have the wonderful Mrs Argendra reading for us this week. She teaches grade 3 at CPPS this year and is reading “Goodbye House, Hello House” by Margaret Wild, a shortlisted book by The Children’s Book Council for Australia for 2020. Follow the link to listen to the story:
This week we are joined by Ashley Tran, one of our fabulous 2020 School Captains this year at CPPS. She is reading “Tilly” by Jane Godwin, a shortlisted book by The Children’s Book Council for Australia for 2020. Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our other story this week is read by Sara Vanovac, our other wonderful 2020 School Captain. She is reading “Bat vs Poss” by Alexa Moses, again a shortlisted book by The Children’s Book Council for Australia for 2020. Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is read by Ms Chanter who is our fabulous Occupational Therapist at CPPS. She is reading “What do they do with all the poo from all the animals at the zoo?” by Anh Do. Do you know what really happens to the poo? Follow the link to listen to the story:
Here we have the lovely Miss Yapp who teaches Prep at CPPS this year. She is reading “We’re going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen. Do you know what happens when the family go on a bear hunt? Follow the link to listen to the story
Here is a story read by our marvellous Mrs Baker who is teaching grade 5 this year. She is reading “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” by Judith Kerr. Have you ever had a tiger come to tea at your house? Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is another book read by the lovely Lauren Caldwell one of our support staff members at CPPS. This week she is reading “The Wonky Donkey” by Craig Smith. I wonder if you have ever met a donkey that is quite this wonky! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is read by our fabulous Ms Cifuentes who is teaching grade 2 this year. She is reading “Whatever Next!” by Jill Murphy. Find out what Baby Bear gets up to by following the link to listen to the story:
Here is our wonderful Mr Chludzinski who is our ICT learning specialist at CPPS as well as teaching Grade 3 this year. He is reading the story “Click, Clack – Buckled in your booster seat” by Danny Katz. The story shows us the imaginary places you can go, all while being safely buckled into your seatbelt or booster seat in the car. Follow the link to listen to the story:
One of our stories this week is read by Mrs Monteith who is one of our wonderful Grade 3 teachers. She is reading “Where the Wild Things” Are by Maurice Sendak. Look out for the wild things as she reads. Follow the link to listen to the story:
The other story for this week is read by lovely Mrs Bertuna who is one of our Grade 2 teachers this year. She is reading “The Magic Lunchbox” by Angela Barrett. The story tells us what kinds of things are good to put in our lunchboxes for school! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is read by our amazing Mrs Liddell who teaches Grade 2 this year as well as being our Literacy leader at CPPS. Mrs Liddell is all dressed up as one of her characters from the story “Meg & Mog” by Helen Nicoll. Follow the link to find out which one and listen to the story:
Here is a story read by Lauren Caldwell one of our fabulous support staff members at CPPS. She is reading “Where is the Green Sheep” by Mem Fox. See if you can spot Miss Lauren’s green sheep! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is read by lovely Miss Lawson who teaches Prep this year at CPPS. She is reading “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson. Look out for hungry dragons! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Here is a story read by marvellous Mr McLean who teaches Grade 6 this year. He is reading “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson. Mr McLean has a friend in his video. Follow the link to find out who the friend is and listen to the story:
Our first story is read by the wonderful Miss Liri who teaches Prep this year at CPPS. She is reading “There’s a monster in your book” by Tom Fletcher. Look out for that cheeky monster! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our second story is read by Mrs Perkin who is our fabulous Speech Pathologist at CPPS. She is reading “How to grow a dinosaur” by Caryl Hart. Can you really grow dinosaurs? Follow the link to listen to the story:
Transition for Preps
Welcome to the Prep Transition 2021 section of our website. This term we are unable to run our usual onsite transition sessions due to Covid-19. Instead, here you will find transition videos for you to watch with your child. There will be activity videos posted for the children, as well as information videos for parents. Watch this space as we add new videos each week across the term. As each video is posted we will send out an alert to you all via our Compass system. If you are having trouble logging into Compass please contact the school office.
If case numbers stay low and restrictions are eased as planned, we will aim to arrange an onsite session for your child later this term. We will be in touch at a later date to arrange this if it becomes possible. Over the next few weeks, we will also be carrying out our Prep Screen Assessments. This will give you and your child the opportunity to visit school and take part in activities that give our teachers a vital guide as to what your child needs to learn next when they begin school next year.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cate Foley on the school phone number and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Hi future preps – today is all about Art! Here is our amazing Mrs Copland who teaches Art at Chandler Park Primary School. In the first video she is reading a special story for you. The other videos are special art activities that you can try at home. I hope you all have lots of fun!
Hi 2021 Preps, here is our Music transition video. You will get to go on a tour all around the music room at school and then join in an exciting activity about beat and rhythm! I hope you all enjoy the video!
Hi future preps! How are you all today? Here is our second transition activity session. Today you get to meet Mrs Foley and Miss Liri, two of our fabulous Prep teachers at CPPS this year. Mrs Foley is reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Miss Liri is ready for some counting fun with you all! If you would like to follow along with Miss Liri’s activity you will need paper, a pencil and something to colour with. Have fun!
Hi everyone, here is our first transition activity session. Follow the video link below to meet Miss Yapp and Miss Lawson, two of our amazing Prep teachers here at Chandler Park Primary School. Listen to the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt” written by Michael Rosen. It is being read to you by a bear that looks a little like Miss Yapp! Then watch to see what Miss Lawson gets up to afterwards! We hope you have lots of fun!
Transition for Parents
Dear future Prep parents, welcome to the first of our parent information session videos. Here is Jo Hillman, the Principal of Chandler Park Primary School, to welcome you all to our school community. Click on the following link to watch the video and listen to Jo’s message to you all:
Reading, Writing & Speaking
Dear future Prep parents, please meet Sandy Liddell, our Literacy Learning Specialist here at Chandler Park Primary School. Sandy has made a series of three videos covering the main areas of Literacy; Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.
Please follow the links below to find out more about each area.
Dear parents, here is Mark Chludzinski, our ICT Learning Specialist at Chandler Park Primary School. Mark has put together some important information regarding the Technology we have here at school, as well as how we use it to both follow and enhance the curriculum. Please follow the link to find out more.
We will both be assisting with the kinder assessments over the coming weeks. If your child has seen any health professionals, or is currently working with a speech pathologist or occupational therapist, please bring along any reports you may have. The more information we have about your child, the better we can support your child’s transition to school.
Please feel free to contact either of us at the school if you have any questions or concerns.
We look forward to meeting your children over the coming weeks and are excited to see them begin their school journey in 2021!
Hi, my name is Andrea Perkin and I’m the speech pathologist at Chandler Park Primary School. I work with children to support and develop their speech, language, literacy and social skills. I work with students individually and in small groups, typically within the junior years. I work collaboratively with the classroom teachers and parents to create suitable goals for students and run fun and engaging sessions to assist students to achieve their goals.
Hello, my name is Lauren Chanter and I am the Occupational Therapist at Chandler Park Primary School. Within my role at the school, I work collaboratively with the lower primary years and their teachers to support children to participate as happy, healthy and successful learners.
I work with students within group, whole class and individual settings with a focus on supporting fine and gross motor development, sensory processing, play development, attention and concentration, self-care, emotional regulation and social skill development.
School Readiness Activities
There are a range of emotional, self-care, fine and gross motor skills your child will need by the time they are ready to start school. Please see below some activities you can do with your child prior to starting school to support the development of these skills and prepare them for a successful transition to school.
- Read stories with your child and practice sitting and listening to a 10 minute story. Where possible, practice sitting and listening with other children.
- Encourage your child to ask for help when having difficulty before you offer assistance.
- Explore different emotions with your child and encourage them to express how they’re feeling.
- Encourage imaginative play and teach your child how to play cooperatively with others through sharing toys and taking turns.
- Encourage your child to use the toilet independently and wipe themselves on their own
- Encourage eating food independently
- Practice dressing and undressing each day and try to only provide a small amount of help when needed. Please refer to the ‘Getting Dressed’ handout if your child is finding it difficult to dress and undress on their own.
- Please refer to ‘My School Routine’ handout in your prep transition packs for a useful and engaging visual schedule for students to support them in creating a school morning routine.
Fine motor skills are referring to your child’s ability to use of the small muscles in their hands and arms to manipulate small objects within their hands and fingers. There are many fun, engaging and cost effective activities you can practice with your child at home that will set them up for success for starting school. The following activities will support your child to develop their skills when using both hands working together, strengthen the muscles in their hands and support their ability to hold and manipulate objects. This is going to support their ability to use scissors, cut, paste, write, draw and hold a pencil correctly when they start school.
- Playdough Encourage pushing, pulling, pinching, squeezing, rolling and chopping with two fingers and scissors.
- Practice tracing, colouring within the lines, copying letters, shapes and numbers whilst encouraging your child to use a dominant hand.
- Gather small objects around the home (rubbers, toy cars, marbles, pom pom balls etc.) and sort small objects into colour, size and shape groups with one hand only.
- Practising tearing and scrunching paper to play finger hockey using the balls of paper as the puck and using the thumb and index finger to flick the paper.
- Practice using scissors to cut out shapes and paste them.
- Creating activities with pegs such as pegging as many clips onto a container as possible within a certain amount of time, label the pegs with letters and encourage putting the pegs on corresponding letters on a piece of paper. Incorporate using pegs within everyday life by having your child helping you peg the washing on the line.
- Peeling and placing stickers onto paper.
Gross motor skills involve your child’s ability to control the movement of their large muscles such as their legs. Gross motor skills will help your child to participate in PE, play on the playground at break times, run around and throw and catch balls. The following activities can be incorporated into play in fun and engaging ways to support your child to develop gross motor skills that will set them up for success when starting school.
- Jumping on the spot or to a simple beat.
- Jumping on stepping stone paths or hopscotch marked on the floor.
- Pretending to be animals that jump; frog, kangaroo, rabbit.
- Walking forwards, backwards, or sideways whilst balancing an object on their head.
- Standing with eyes closed on two legs and then only one.
- Create an obstacle course that requires crawling, jumping and hopping
- Playing frozen statues; Hold your body still in a position like a statue
- Bike riding
Throwing and Catching
- Rolling or throwing a ball to a partner
- Aiming and throwing balls at targets, into containers or washing baskets.
- Varying the way your child throws; over arm, under arm, one hand and two hands
- Making obstacle courses, inside or outside on the playground/with equipment
- Climbing over piles of cushions or over stable chairs
- Practice kneeling whilst completing activities.
- Play wheelbarrow races (holding your child at the knees at first).
- Walking like animals.
- Complete activities whilst laying on tummies or with feet flat on the floor
- Play on playground equipment
School Zone Information
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. Findmyschool hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2020 onwards.
Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.